Dead Ringers





I designed, storyboarded, directed and animated of sketches for five series of "
Dead Ringers" including a Christmas Special, taking sketches from script
 to dig-beta transferal.

I was given complete creative freedom, which meant being allowed to add lots of extra visual jokes.

Sometimes a sketch would call for some 3D CGI - so I would call up Martin Davey.



Post Dead Ringers I directed and co-animated and designed a sketch for a kids' version of the show, (a pilot broadcast as part of Gina's Laughing Gear).


BBC2 2003 - 2006


Please click here if you'd like to see some stills. Below are a few videos.




Mr Happy


 

Dead Ringers: Mr Happy. from kate sullivan on Vimeo.


This sketch went viral in the days before the BBC knew that this was a good thing.
(They demanded that Youtube delete duplicate copies of the film. Kids kept uploading it - I kept getting told off and eventually had my Youtube page shut down. Tsk!)

Anyway, the whole thing made me very proud. Kids as far a-field as the states made
violent live-action remakes and so I got to feel like a sort of BBC-ish Slim Shady
for a short while.



Directors notes: I'm really proud of the little "glimmer of hope" hand wave I added.
Many comments under the vids referred to "poor Mr
Happy" and I like to think this
was probably the moment where they actually cared about the character.


Oh and just quickly: I wasn't actually allowed to make the artwork look too similar     to that of the Mr. Men books/TV series.
This was always the funny thing with Dead Ringers - I was always told to go away and make something look a bit less like the thing I was trying to make it look like in order to avoid suings.

You can watch this sketch on the BBC "Comedy Greats" page.

Written by Tom & Nev
Prod Caroline Norris
(BBC2 2006)




Top Gear/Wacky Races

 

Dead Ringers: Top Gear. from kate sullivan on Vimeo.


Verity Lambert said she liked this sketch so I like to think I was doing something right!


Written by Alan Gilbey,
Prod Gareth Edwards
(BBC2 2005)




South Bank/South Park - Kenny Branagh

Dead Ringers: South Bank Show - Kenny Branagh. from kate sullivan on Vimeo.

 

This was the second sketch I made for Dead Ringers and was used in the Christmas Special. Again I had to make certain adjustments to avoid suings.

Anyway - again I got to add lots on the storyboard - like Mark Lawson mooning.

I didn't see this recorded but Gareth told me that it scored really high on the BBC Clapometer. Alan Yentob asked my for a signed picture. I like to think it's pride of place somewhere in his house.

Written by Tom & Nev
Prod Gareth Edwards
(BBC2 2003)

 


Prince Charley Says

Dead Ringers: Prince Charley Says. from kate sullivan on Vimeo.


I made this in about a day. Goz asked me too. If you know Goz you'll know why I couldn't refuse.


Written by Tom & Nev
Prod Caroline Norris
(BBC2 2006)

I'm A Celebrity/Jungle Book

I'm A Celebrity/Jungle Book Dead Ringers from kate sullivan on Vimeo.

About this sketch:

Okay so myself and the writer are the first to admit this aint perfect,
but I'm quite proud of some of the designs.

Ps. please see the date! Both myself and Alan have learned lots since.


Written by Alan Gilbey,
Prod Gareth Edwards
(BBC2 2005)



The Stimpsons

Dead Ringers: The Stimpsons. from kate sullivan on Vimeo.

About this sketch:


The BBC2 logo was animated by the lovely and talented Martin Davey.
This sketch is responsible for lots of
angry comments on Youtube,
very probably because the Beeb uploaded it without the continuity setup. Doh.


Written by Alan Gilbey,
Prod Gareth Edwards
(BBC2 2005)




South Bank/South Park - Reality TV

Dead Ringers: South Bank Show - Reality TV from kate sullivan on Vimeo.

About this sketch:


The 3D lava was animated by the lovely and talented Martin Davey.


Written by Alan Gilbey,
Prod Gareth Edwards
(BBC2 2004)




Gina's Laughing Gear: Yugioh


Gina's Laughing Gear: Yugioh from kate sullivan on Vimeo.


About this sketch:

This is a sketch I directed and storyboarded for a pilot kids' version of Dead Ringers.

Martin Davey and I did the designing.

Martin also did all the animating.

Alan Gilbey did the writing and some of the dragon noises, (which were replaced by
proper BBC sound effects).


Prod Caroline Norris
(CBBC 2006)